The 240th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Fernando Olaya.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 29 years old, I live in Bogota and in a small nearby town called Zipaquira and I have over 10 years producing and djing
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
I’m loving the music in general, since childhood I play the piano and clacica music has always fascinated me. I heard electronic music since I was ten years. my father bought vinyl, my sister collected cassettes from early 90s since then I fell in love with this wonderful music.
I Listen to an album “Perfecto Records” in 1995 about, listen to tracks Sasha and Paul Oakenfold and that day I decided I wanted to become like one of them. In 2012 I had the opportunity to do a warm up to Sasha and I understood that I had to keep fighting for that dream.
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I started to produce from the age of 16 and for me it was like playing a video game in Reason and Fruity Loops. I am a sound engineer and musician conservatory, then I became a teacher of music and musical production. The greatest advice I received was from my mother must fight and never give up my dreams
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
The hardest thing for me is to have my own track generates to me a great emotion that makes me get up from the chair to dance. The easiest thing for me is to create the harmonies, melodic bass lines and play with arrangements to be exotic. I love going to visit landscapes go to different cities and driving at night listening to rock and classical music that helps me in those creative blocks
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
A normal day is go to the gym, back to my studio to produce, teach a few hours and work on my business. I have now some businesses that allow me to devote more time to the production. I love going to eat with my friends drinking beer, playing sports, reading and playing video games at home.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effect on your own productions?
I love rock and classical music also I hear jazz, boleros and experimental music. Listen Muse, Radiohead, Apocalyptica, Bach, Pink Floyd, Bjork, Jean Michel Jarre, Carlos Vives, The Fania All Stars. This type of music generates different emotions that I can capture right through my tracks and generate a particular style in my music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first cassette was a collection of electronic music in Colombia called “Aguja & Vinilo” the last vinyl to buy one for intro of my presentations of Jean Michele Jarre
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I produced minimal before with the Aka Andre Ali, and tech house, techno with aka Ferty this was very successful in Colombia
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
My great friend Castiblanco one of the best producers Tech and soon we will hear more about him. Amezquita is a very good producer who in a few years will have a great sound.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I really like the productore Max Cooper, N’to, Gui Boratto, Joachim Pastor, Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, Cid Inc, Jamie Stevens, Henry Saiz, Cora Novoa …. I like going out with my headphones and laptop keyboards to produce in quiet places, open spaces drinking a coffee or a beer.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
The advice I give is to never give up their dream is not easy to live art and music but it is more beautiful and worth keep fighting. No need to produce to be famous or make money or commercially produce music that sounds. We must produce what we have in our brain and heart is to show through our sound the way we perceive our life and our environment so that each track must be a unique experience, so begin to have a unique style.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
lol is very difficult to select a track will sound selfish but be my last track live, would be a track mia possibly Fernando Olaya – Eclipse (Natura Viva)
Fernando has new music out this week on Soundteller Records and Stellar Fountain, you can purchase those releases: here